Crime & Justice

2 more charged in shooting death of Downey police officer

Downey Police Officer Ricky Galvez, a five-year veteran of the force, was shot and killed Wednesday night in the police station parking lot.
Downey Police Officer Ricky Galvez, a five-year veteran of the force, was shot and killed Wednesday night in the police station parking lot.
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Two more people have been charged in the shooting death of Downey police officer Ricardo "Ricky" Galvez. Steven Knott, 18, and Jeremy Alvarez, 21, have been charged with murder, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Monday.

Knott and Alvarez were set to be arraigned Monday afternoon, along with co-defendant Abel Diaz, a 16-year-old who was charged last week. Knott and Alvarez could face the death penalty, while Diaz's maximum sentence due to his age would be life in prison.

All three face charges of special circumstance murder and attempted second-degree robbery. The "special circumstance" of the charge is due to the murder allegedly happening during an attempted robbery.

The defendants also face allegations related to gangs and guns, according to the release. Prosecutors plan to ask that all three be held without bail.

Galvez was shot and killed last Wednesday while sitting in his car next to the police station.